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COVID-19 testing

Updated 11/06/2020

In Level 1 it is important to quickly find every case of SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID) so testing is encouraged.  Testing is generally guided by the NZ Ministry of Health case definitions, which are updated from time to time and include many patients hospitalised with suspected infection at an unknown site. 

Testing schedules are adapted weekly.  Currently it is batched twice daily 08:00 and 12:00 seven days a week. Expected  turnaround time is  <24 hours from laboratory registration to result.

Most clinical pathways have been arranged so that a pending COVID test should not delay investigations or admissions.

Selected cases can be tested urgently upon phoned request between the hours 08:00 and 22:00.  Turnaround time is <2 hours. 
ICU, HDU and Haem/Oncology:  please phone 98606 to request. 
Other locations: please phone the Clinical Microbiologist on duty 027 290 5255 and leave a message if you don't get through first time.

Additional testing, such as for Influenza and RSV, is also available.

 

Latest laboratory specimen collection information can be found here

NewWaikato Repiratory Virus Report - Week 40

9 October 2019

We are now in the “summer season”, with very small amounts of Influenza A and RSV still circulating. This will be the last report for 2019.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 37

18 September 2019

Respiratory virus numbers are low now, with rhinoviruses and enteroviruses predominating.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 35

18 September 2019

Graphs show the relative timing of Influenza seasons form 2011 to 2019.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 33

23 August 2019

RSV is declining a little.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 32

23 August 2019

Influenza numbers are very low now.

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Latest News

Waikato Respiratory Virus Repot - Week 30

30 July 2020

Influenza A and RSV remain absent. A few weakly positive SARS-CoV-2 results have been found in travellers in managed isolation facilities.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - week 28

17 July 2020

Respiratory virus testing numbers have fallen off. Ther is some rhinovirus around, but no Influenza, RSV or SARS-CoV-2.

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Mucoid Klebsiella pneumoniae from liver abscess

17 July 2020

This isolate is from a blood culture. Treatment with ceftriaxone cleared the bacteraemia but the organism with isolated again two days later from the liver abscess.

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